Breastfeeding after nipple piercings???

Faith - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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When I was 18, I got both my nipples pierced. After 6 months, they were still healing and I'd catch them on my bra all the time so I took them out. It took about 3 months for them to heal completely and for the tenderness to go away. I am now 22 and 18 weeks, 4 days with my first. I would very, very much like to have breastfeeding be successful, so my question is: Have any of you nursing mamas had pierced nipples and if so, have you had any lactation, milk supply issues, or just breast issues while nursing?

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Brittany - posted on 11/10/2009

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i had both of mine peirced and the olny problem i've had is leaking lol. but its gone great we are goin on 6 months now

Tania - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have been breastfeeding for almost 3 years. We have never had any issues. My son always latched on well. Unlike the other poster, I do not have milk come out the piercing sites. They are completely closed. You will be fine!

Faith - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Ally:



I had both of mine peirced and I have been breastfeeding for over 2 months now. One of my nipples has more scar tissue than the other so it was harder for her to latch on to that one til she got a little older. On that nipple I used a nipple shield and was sure to pump a lot to keep the milk a flowin. The funny thing is milk actually comes out of the holes from the piercings. You will have help in the hospital so just ask lots of questions and accept any help they can give. It is really trying in the start but stick with it and then it gets really easy!!!!!!!!




Faith - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Ally:



I had both of mine peirced and I have been breastfeeding for over 2 months now. One of my nipples has more scar tissue than the other so it was harder for her to latch on to that one til she got a little older. On that nipple I used a nipple shield and was sure to pump a lot to keep the milk a flowin. The funny thing is milk actually comes out of the holes from the piercings. You will have help in the hospital so just ask lots of questions and accept any help they can give. It is really trying in the start but stick with it and then it gets really easy!!!!!!!!










Thanks Ally! I will have lots of support from the women in my family, but they don't know much about body piercings. My midwives are lactation consultants as well and I'm planning on going to a class so I can be prepared. I will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks again for the advice!

Ally - posted on 11/10/2009

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I had both of mine peirced and I have been breastfeeding for over 2 months now. One of my nipples has more scar tissue than the other so it was harder for her to latch on to that one til she got a little older. On that nipple I used a nipple shield and was sure to pump a lot to keep the milk a flowin. The funny thing is milk actually comes out of the holes from the piercings. You will have help in the hospital so just ask lots of questions and accept any help they can give. It is really trying in the start but stick with it and then it gets really easy!!!!!!!!

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